This week in Destin history: Aug. 31 – Sept. 6

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

40 years ago — 1974

Reserved seat tickets for the Fort Walton Beach High School and Choctawhatchee High School football games were $10 for the four games.

Destin welcomed Martin Grimes, author of four books, as its “resident novelist.”

35 years ago — 1979

Destin Elementary Principal Eugene Walls reported an enrollment of 355 students in grade K-6 for the new year.

A Pensacola marine biologist reported more phosphorescence in the Gulf of Mexico than in the past 20 years.

30 years ago — 1984

The Holiday Isle Improvement Association unanimously objected to removing the 75-foot height restriction on the island.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed the Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse be listed as an endangered species.

Citizens for Incorporation launched an extensive mailing campaign explaining the facts about incorporating Destin.

25 years ago — 1989

In an about-face move, city officials decided they wanted control of Wayside Park east of Destin.

More than 300 Destin residents signed a petition to establish a city police force, but the number of signatures was not enough for a referendum.

Jason Bardas won the logo contest for the Destin Youth Soccer Association.

20 years ago — 1994

Destin Elementary School increased its enrollment from 780 the previous year to 811 in 1994.

Nine out of every 10 people who responded to Log poll believed taxes in the city were not fair.

Destin Water Users and South Walton Utility Co. purchased EastDestin Waste Water and Destin Utility for $1.2 million.

Fat Tuesday, a New Orleans-based chain, opened its newest location at the foot of the Destin Bridge.

To help anglers get more recognition for their catches and help the Log improve its coverage of fishing, The Log instituted a new big catch reporting line with one phone call.